Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nazi slogans 'OK in English' says German court

Rather permissive for a German court:
"A Federal appeals court has ruled that people can be prosecuted for displaying Nazi slogans in Germany only if they are in the German language.

The Federal Court of Justice on Thursday overturned a lower court's ruling convicting a neo-Nazi of transporting a shipment of 100 T-shirts with the slogan, "Blood and Honour," written in English. The slogan is a direct translation of the German "Blut und Ehre," a motto of the Hitler Youth.

The display of Nazi symbols or slogans is forbidden in Germany, but the court ruled that the ban only applied to those written in the German language.

It sent the case back to the lower court and noted that the defendant could still be found guilty, because the shirts also carried banned Nazi symbols.


This is a pity in a way. It would have been interesting to see how an English court ruled on the matter. But now the English will be to embarrassed to prosecute (I hope).


Anonymous said...

My, my, my. Is freedom making a come-back in the EU? Funny how most of the EU has turned into what they claim to hate.

Bobby said...

Being scared of neo-nazis, I would rather let them wear their symbols so I can recognize them and cross the street. The most dangerous enemy is the enemy you can't see.

Anonymous said...

Any ban like the one on Nazi symbols and slogans ought to have a fixed expiry date and in this case it ought to have expired years ago.

It once had it's useful purpose but now it's just an object of ridicule.

Anonymous said...

Baning communication of objectonal ideas by prohibiting the slogans and symbols associated with those ideas misses the point. The ideas are still there.

Anonymous said...

Anything to appease the jews.